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Psalm One Hundred and Forty

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

Psalm 140:1 Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;

Psalm 140:2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah

adders'. The word should be “asps.” This portion of the verse is cited in Romans 3:13.

Psalm 140:4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.

Psalm 140:5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah

Psalm 140:6 I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

Psalm 140:7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

God the Lord. This appellation, Elohim Adonai combines two of the names of God in an unusual way.

Psalm 140:8 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah

Psalm 140:9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

Psalm 140:10 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

burning coals. Psalm 140 is one of the imprecatory psalms. See note on Psalm 5, note on Psalm 109, and note on Psalm 137.

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

Psalm 140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.